BASALT, Colo. (CBS4) – If there was ever any doubt how valued Colorado firefighters are… look no further than video of Neil Diamond performing for first responders battling the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt.

Diamond walked on the stage at the incident command post and first told the men and women in the crowd, “You have to save my house.”

Neil Diamond sings to firefighters at the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt. (credit: Lake Christine Fire Facebook)

Diamond and his wife stopped by to meet and thank firefighters who’ve been stationed at the fire for weeks. The Lake Christine Fire started on July 3.

“I’ve been here for 20 years, and you made everybody happy. The heaviness on our hearts is gone. We know the Calvary is here, and we say thank you to each of you for making this trip and local guys as well,” the Hall of Fame singer said.

After a few moments of gratitude, Diamond started strumming his guitar and sang Sweet Caroline, which to no surprise, the crowd started singing along with Diamond.

The Lake Christine Fire has burned more than 12,200 acres and is 48 percent contained. Three home were destroyed, and two people were arrested on arson charges after firing tracer rounds before the fire started.

(credit: White River National Forest/Twitter)

Nearly 450 firefighters are there now.

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